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Students head back to school

 
Students head back to school
A member of the Bear varsity tennis team plays the ball during an Aug. 21 afternoon practice in La Vernia.

La Vernia students head back to school Monday, Aug. 27. Here are some tips for sharing the road with school buses.

•Yellow and red flashing lights -- Yellow lights warn drivers the bus is making a stop and red flashing lights and an extendable stop sign tell drivers to stop. Do not continue driving until the lights have turned off and the sign is pulled in.

•No passing -- It is illegal to pass a school bus on the right side of the road. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

•Divided highways -- You must always stop for flashing red lights; you do not need to stop when on the opposite side of a divided highway. Use extreme caution if you are in this situation; passengers may be trying to cross in that area.

•Allow turning space -- Buses have a wide turning radius. Provide them with ample turning space, so they can maneuver easily on the road.

•Watch for children waiting for the bus -- As the driver, you are responsible for keeping an eye on the road and on children waiting for the bus. Come to a complete stop at all stop lights and stop signs, drive slowly near bus stops, and watch for children crossing the road.

•Slow down -- Use caution if you are driving in residential areas and school zones. Fines for speeding in an area can be hefty.

•Allow for extra time during your commute -- School bus drivers follow the same speed limit rules as other vehicles, but they make frequent stops, which can delay traffic. Allow ample travel time when school is in session.

Compiled from information provided by David Silvey, vice president at AlliedBarton Security Services, www.alliedbarton.com.

 
 
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